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Published: 10:58, May 19, 2022 | Updated: 11:03, May 19, 2022
WEF to tackle geo-economic challenges in Davos
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Published:10:58, May 19, 2022 Updated:11:03, May 19, 2022 By Xinhua

Photo taken on Jan 22, 2018 shows the logo of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (XU JINQUAN / XINHUA)

GENEVA - The World Economic Forum announced on Wednesday that its 2022 Annual Meeting will focus on the unprecedented global challenges governments are currently facing, including post-pandemic recovery, the Ukraine crisis and climate change.

The meeting, called "History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies," will be held in Davos, Switzerland, on May 22-26.

The agenda of the 2022 Annual Meeting will focus on six themes, including: fostering global and regional cooperation; securing economic recovery and shaping a new era of growth; building healthy and equitable societies; safeguarding climate, food and nature; driving industry transformation; and harnessing the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by the Ukraine crisis and other geo-economic challenges, the meeting is taking place at a crucial point in time, the WEF said.

It will bring together nearly 2,500 leaders and experts from around the globe, in a bid to "reconnect, exchange insights, gain fresh perspectives and advance solutions."

"The Annual Meeting is the first summit to bring global leaders together in this new situation characterized by an emerging multipolar world as a result of the pandemic and war," said Klaus Schwab, the WEF's founder and executive chairman.

"The fact that nearly 2,500 leaders from politics, business civil society and media are coming together in person demonstrates the need for a trusted, informal and action-oriented global platform to confront the issues in a crisis-driven world."

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More than 50 heads of state and government are expected to join, the WEF said. Over 1,250 leaders from the private sector will also participate, along with up to 100 "Global Innovators" and "Technology Pioneers." 

Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, speaks at the WEF annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan 21, 2020. (GUO CHEN / XINHUA)

The agenda will focus on six themes, the WEF said, including: fostering global and regional cooperation; securing economic recovery and shaping a new era of growth; building healthy and equitable societies; safeguarding climate, food and nature; driving industry transformation; and harnessing the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Global business and government leaders need to work together to develop long-term policies and strategies to revitalize the hard-hit global economy, boost the progress of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and tackle the single greatest threat to humanity, climate change.

It comes after the International Monetary Fund warned in its World Economic Outlook in April that global growth is projected to slow from an estimated 6.1 percent in 2021 to 3.6 percent in 2022 and 2023. This is 0.8 and 0.2 percentage points lower for 2022 and 2023 than the global lender had projected in January.

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Guests listen to a speech during the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, Jan 21, 2020. (GUO CHEN / XINHUA)

The 2022 Annual Meeting was originally scheduled for Jan 17-21, but was deferred due to the challenges of staging an in-person global conference during the Omicron outbreak. 


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